Starting Seeds Indoors:
You need lots of light, and the right kind of light.
light intensity - a typical florescent bulb fixture is optimized for energy efficiency, not light output. There is a trick you can do to boost the light output by using multiple or a different ballast. (http://blog.briangallimore.com/2011/01/grow-light-modification/
light spectrum - typical bulbs don't produce the right kind of light. Plants need full spectrum light, like the sun provides. Special bulbs are available for this purpose.